3 Dangers To Avoid In Ministry

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The Bible warns us of dangers along life’s way. Its pages are filled with examples, both good and bad, of people who embarked along the road of life and faced temptation. Pastors have to be extra careful in their personal lives so as to practice what they preach and to lead by example. This post will help pastors deal with three specific categorical dangers in ministry.

I would like to begin with a video sharing the origin of my thoughts for this post. My pastor, Dr. Bobby Roberson  (Facebook Fan Page) of Gospel Light Baptist Church of Walkertown, North Carolina was at a meeting many years ago with Dr. Bill Rice Sr. Brother Rice shared the 3 dangers listed below in a meeting he had with pastors. Evidently, it made a profound impact upon my pastor and I hope it will make an impact on you as well! 

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Danger #1 – Money And Finances

As the Scriptures state, “for the love of money is the root of all evil…” Preachers and pastors are not immune to this precept. If anybody should be above reproach, then it should be men of God. Satan’s choice instrument in betraying our Lord Jesus was a man named Judas. This disciple’s weakness was money! He shipwrecked because of this temptation, among others, and died as an unregenerate. Just as Dr. Charles Keen stated, in a meeting in which I as in attendance some months back, we must be honorable in settling our debts. Pastors beware of this destructive issue!

Danger #2 – The Opposite Sex

I suppose more men of God have fallen for a woman more than any other issue. Though I do not have the statistics to back it up, it does seem to be a plague today. Not only are adulterous affairs causing problems, but pornography is a growing epidemic as well. Many men have shipwrecked their lives because of a woman. Sampson, King David, and Solomon are just a few Biblical examples of this. May more men choose the pathway of integrity that Joseph followed in his younger years! Pastor, guard yourself!

Danger #3 – Doctrine

Since before the New Testament era began, false doctrine has plagued God’s people. Satan has a long track record of casting doubt, modifying what God said, and corrupting His words. One does not have to look very far away to find false doctrine. In fact, many, once great fundamental churches, have been gutted by cancerous doctrine. Men of God have to beware of this seductive issue. Stick with God’s Word… no matter what!

Conclusion…

In the concluding remarks, which Dr. Bill Rice gave in that meeting years ago, a stately observation was given. He made it clear that if you examined the life of pastors and spiritual leaders who had shipwrecked, then you would usually find it due to one of these three dangers in ministry. I think he hit  the nail on the head. May God help each of us, who preach the gospel, to be careful to avoid these sandbars along life’s seas.

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Originally posted 2010-09-08 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

The Need Of Waiting On God

As my pastor, Dr. Bobby Roberson says all the time, “The hardest thing in the world to do is wait on God!” I echo those sentiments. Indeed, it is hard, but sweet at the same time. When you can, with the grace of God, wait on God, you can experience realms of glory not enjoyed by most Christians! This outline seeks to help us learn about the need of waiting on God!

Title: “The Need Of Waiting On God!”

Text: Psalm 40:1Psalm 40:1
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40 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. 1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. I waited...: Heb. In waiting I waited  

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“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1Psalm 40:1
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40 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. 1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. I waited...: Heb. In waiting I waited  

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Introduction:

•    In our day we are so used to having things right now! The Bible commands us as believers to wait and be patient, however, most of the time; we do not behave in this manner!
•    Waiting is very important in the leadership of a home, office, or church!
•    The quicker we learn this truth as a Christian, the better off we will be!
•    Truly waiting on God is a virtue that is hard to find, but is a sign of true faith in God!

Proposition: There are three things I want us to see in these verses that will help us consider making changes so we can wait on God more!

I.    Notice That We Should Wait Patiently On The Lord!

“I waited patiently for the LORD”

  
A.    Critical Notes: Literally – Waiting, I waited: in other words, David waited, and waited, and waited!

B.    Evidently there was some time before God lifted this conviction and cloud from David’s life!

C.    David is expressing in words many of the feelings you and I have!

D.    God had chastened him for various sins and he is looking for God to bring deliverance and favor back to his soul!

E.    This is a picture of Christ in his passion! Our Lord was patient towards to the cross. He left himself to the Father’s will as is seen in the Garden!

F.    As David, and Christ waited; you and I should wait with anticipation for God to deal with us again! Consider what Matthew Henry said in his commentary… Matthew Henry’s Commentary On The Whole Bible Volume 3 Page 315 :

His humble attendance upon God and his believing expectations from him in those depths: I waited patiently for the Lord, Ps 40:1Ps 40:1
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40 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. 1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. I waited...: Heb. In waiting I waited  

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. Waiting, I waited. He expected relief from no other than from God; the same hand that tears must heal, that smites must bind up (Ho 6:1Ho 6:1
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6 1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.  

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), or it will never be done. From God he expected relief, and he was big with expectation, not doubting but it would come in due time.  There is power enough in God to help the weakest, and grace enough in God to help the unworthiest, of all his people that trust in him. But he waited patiently, which intimates that the relief did not come quickly; yet he doubted not but it would come, and resolved to continue believing, and hoping, and praying, till it did come. Those whose expectation is from God may wait with assurance, but must wait with patience.

(Galatians 6:9Galatians 6:9
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9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.  

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) “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”  (KJV)

(Isaiah 40:31Isaiah 40:31
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31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. renew: Heb. change  

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) “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  (KJV)

(1 Timothy 6:111 Timothy 6:11
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11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  

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) But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  (KJV)

(2 Timothy 3:10-112 Timothy 3:10-11
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10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, fully...: or, been a diligent follower of 11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.  

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) But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me.  (KJV)

Wait in prayer.  Call on God and spread the case before.  Express your unstaggering confidence in him.  Wait in faith, for unfaithful, untrusting waiting is but an insult to the Lord.  Wait in quiet patience, not murmuring because you are under the affliction, but blessing God for it. –Spurgeon


II.    Notice That We Have A God Who Pays Attention To Us!

“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me,”

A.    The Scriptures say that the Lord inclined unto David, the Psalmist. Be sure that God will incline Himself to us as well!

B.    It is an all consuming thought to consider that God is concerned about us!


Ps 139:17Ps 139:17
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17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  

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¶ “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!”

Look at verse 5:

“Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” (Psalms 40:5Psalms 40:5
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5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. they can not...: or, none can order them unto thee  

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C.    He knows all about us, even when we do not consider this at all!

D.    Though God seems far away, do not think for one moment that God has not inclined unto you!

E.    We, who are saved, have a Heavenly Father that has his all seeing eye fixed upon us. We should never forget this great truth!

F.    Joseph was not forgotten in his agony, the children of Israel had their prayers heard from their slavery in Egypt, the Hebrew Children were not forgotten, even though they ended up in the furnace!

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14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  

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) “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”  (KJV)

G.    We should wait patiently, but we should also wait because God has inclined himself our direction! His ear is bent toward us! He has His face looking in our direction!

III.    Notice That God Honors Those Who Wait!

“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.”

A.    What a great statement that He HEARD MY CRY!

B.    God hears all prayers, but He is only obligated himself to the prayers of His children.

C.    David received his deliverance from his situation and is seen in the next few verses:

“He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (Psalms 40:2-4Psalms 40:2-4
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2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. an...: Heb. a pit of noise 3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  

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D.    Do you remember the day when He heard your prayer of repentance? How fresh it was, how new you may have felt?

E.    There is an old Jewish Proverb, “Good things come to those who wait!”

F.    We should wait patiently, we should wait because He is inclined our way, but also because He has heard us!

G.    We pray for direction, deliverance, necessities, and a host of other things, but in our prayers and praying we must wait for God to answer, and we know He will answer!

“And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 John 5:14-151 John 5:14-15
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14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: in: or, concerning 15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.  

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H.    We should continue to wait on God with an attitude of prayer on our lips! Consider the following:

Quotes:

Spread out your petition before God, and then say, “Thy will, not mine be done.”  The sweetest lesson I have learned in God’s school is to let the Lord choose for me. –Moody

Some people think God does not like to be troubled with our constant coming and asking.  The only way to trouble God is not to come at all. –Moody

Prayer is the chief agency and activity whereby men align themselves with God’s purpose.  Prayer does not consist in battering the walls of heaven for personal benefits or the success of our plans.  Rather it is the committing of ourselves for the carrying out of His purposes.  It is a telephone call to headquarters for orders.  It is not bending God’s will to ours, but our will to God’s.  In prayer, we tap vast reservoirs of spiritual power whereby God can find fuller entrance into the hearts of men. –Oldham

Sometimes God delays the answer to our prayer in final form until we have time to build up the strength, accumulate the knowledge, or fashion the character that would make it possible for Him to say “yes” to what we ask. –Pearson

Conclusion:

•    God wants His children to wait on Him!
•    We should wait patiently, wait because we are in the center of His attention, and we should wait because He has heard our prayers and continually hears our prayers!
•    We should endeavor to wait on our Lord and not get ahead of Him and His timing!
•    I hope that every Christian will somehow learn this valuable truth and apply it to their lives!
•    For the Sinner, I hope that they will be saved before it is too late!

Originally posted 2010-09-14 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

4 Ways To Put The Gospel Back Into Gospel Preaching

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One is almost moved to nausea when viewing many television ministries today. When comparing the gospel preached on those t.v. programs with the gospel of Jesus Christ, you find a vast chasm between the two. There is such a stark contrast between them, one wonders if their entire motive of ministry should be in question. The emphasis is on man, health and wealth rather than on Jesus Christ. It leaves one wondering, “What is the gospel and where is it?” This post seeks to help the sincere preacher of the gospel with four reminders about putting the gospel back into preaching!

Definition Of The Gospel – Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

(1 Corinthians 15:3-41 Corinthians 15:3-4
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3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:  

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) “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”  (KJV)

#1 – Pastor, Remember To Put A Gangplank In Your Sermon!

“We can learn nothing of the gospel except by feeling its truths.  There are some sciences that may be learned by the head, but the science of Christ crucified can only be learned by the heart.” -Charles Hadden Spurgeon

If one is to be saved and go to heaven when they die, then they will have to be saved God’s way. The problem is of the thousands that hear a sermon each week, few hear the gospel preached distinctly. Pastors must put a gangplank in their messages in order for sinner to be saved! Never preach, testify, give a devotion or teach a Sunday school lesson without giving an opportunity for your hearers to be saved!

#2 – Pastor, Preach The Biblical Gospel!

How shall anyone get saved by a false gospel? The Apostle Paul made it clear to his readers in Galatians chapter one that there is but one gospel of Jesus Christ and not another! He went so far as to say that if anyone came to them with any other so-called gospel to let them be accursed. Literally saying for them to be eternally devoted to damnation!

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6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.  

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) “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”  (KJV)

Pastor, please preach the right gospel! Not only for the sake of your hearers, but for your own soul! The social gospel, health and wealth gospel, and any other you would put in this sort of list is not the true gospel. People must repent of their sins and put their faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ in order to be saved. Hell will be hot for those who pervert the truth!


#3 – Pastor, Keep The Main Thing The Main Thing!

Pastor, please keep the right priority when preaching. Yes, we need to rightly divide the truth. Yes, we need to go deeper to a certain extent, but the gospel is very simple. Keep it that way! Many preachers are more concerned about things other than the gospel. I am not sure if the story of Christ has gotten old to them. If it has, then they have a heart problem. At any rate, keep the main thing the main thing! Preach Hell hot and Heaven sweet! Tell folks about the wonder working power of Christ’s shed blood!

(John 3:16John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

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) “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (KJV)

#4 – Pastor, Never Substitute Your Opinion For Scripture!

The longer one lives the more one sees opinion in place of objective expository preaching of the gospel! Opinion does not mean one iota! Preaching is not like a basketball game where you send in a substitute occasionally. The coach does not like the results of his teams efforts so he sends in a fresh player with a different strategy. God’s word and preaching does not return void of effect, but opinion will! Stick with the gospel and it will provide results in God’s timing!

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Pastor, Have You Stopped Preaching The Gospel Or Know Someone Who Has?

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Originally posted 2010-09-06 23:01:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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